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A different type of Identity Crisis

By Staff | Aug 13, 2012

Shepherdstown will have an “Identity Crisis” once again, as the fundraising event returns for a third year tonight, Friday, Aug, 10.

Tara Sanders Lowe, organizer, said that the event, which started as a ladies night out, has become something more important.

Last year, Lowe decided to use the popular event as way to raise money to help local resident, Brenda Doss pay medical costs incurred as a result of her battle with cancer. Lowe explained again that she was originally inspired to find a way to help after a trip to local wig shop shed new light on the costume hair. She learned that 70 percent of the wigs sold by local wig stores go to cancer patients.

Lowe said she then felt called to turn a fun night out into something deeper, and this year all money made will go to the Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley nonprofit.

The organization, based in Hagerstown, offers women programs for no cost mammograms and ultrasounds, support groups and a wig bank for chemotherapy patients, among other services.

“Everything is free,” Lowe said.

Lowe said she chose BCA-CV over other national or international organizations at the suggestion of Betty Snyder, a Shepherdstown resident who is a part of its local support group.

“It was a fit,” Lowe said.

The money raised from the event will be earmarked for patients in the Eastern Panhandle, and Lowe said she hopes Identity Crisis will help BCA-CV find new people to help in the local area.

“This is about awareness and community,” she said.

The theme for this year’s Identity Crisis is, “250 Years: Past and Present” and is inspired by Shepherdstowns 250-year anniversary.

Participants can don historic garb from as far back as 1772 or futuristic creations from 250 years in the future.

Beginning at approximately 8 p.m., local businesses will once again take part by hosting era-themed parties and each will collect donations from participants or a cover charge for entrance from non-participants.

The Devonshire will have a 70s British invasion theme. The Shepherdstown Opera House will have a disco party. Tony’s will host an 80s jams party. The Yellow Brick Bank will host a psychedelic 60s while the Mecklenburg Inn will host a funk party and 36 Prime will host a roaring 20s -themed evening.

For those not interested in staying out late, but who want to participate, Picstache photo booth company will have a for-donations photo booth set up in Tony’s Pizza from 9 to 11 p.m.

Lowe said she wants participants to both have fun and be mindful.

“It’s very exciting and it’s for a good cause,” she said.

For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness- Cumberland Valley visit, bcacv.org.